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The Beat Within

At any moment in California, 13,000 young people are detained in juvenile halls and another 4,500 are in the California Youth Authority. More than 75% of these young people wind up back behind bars within a year of their release.

Behind these cold statistics are thousands of individual stories of young people who do not go back behind bars, but who find a way to turn their lives around.

These video diaries tell the stories of those who succeed and the struggles that they face when they try to gain traction on the outs, after years of being in and out of the system.

Part of the solution for these young people is The Beat Within program, which conducts weekly writing and conversation workshops in the juvenile halls and then publishes these writings every week.

The young people featured in these video diaries speak in their own words and tell the stories of the realities they faced as troubled children and the realities they now face as young adults on the mend.

Issues of the weekly magazine are available on the Archive.


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An introduction to "The Beat Within" and the "Beat Diaries" programs, including a brief look at some of the young people profiled in this video diary collection.
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A video diary of a young man who has been through the juvenile and adult correctional systems and is now making his way back into the free world, dealing with jobs, school, relationships and temptations.
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A video diary of a young man who has been through the juvenile and adult correctional systems and is now making his way back into the free world, dealing with jobs, school, relationships and temptations.
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A video diary of a young woman who has been through the juvenile and adult correctional systems and is now making her way back into the free world, dealing with jobs, school, family, and temptations.
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A video diary of a young woman who has been through the juvenile correctional system and is now making her way back into the free world, dealing with education, career, and ambition.
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A video diary of a young man who has been through the juvenile and adult correctional systems and is now making his way back into the free world, dealing with jobs, school, relationships and temptations.
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A video diary of a young man who has been through the juvenile correctional system and is now making his way back into the free world, dealing with jobs, school, relationships, and his past.
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A video diary of a young woman who has been through the juvenile correctional system and is now making her way back to into the free world, dealing with jobs, school, marriage, and temptations.
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A video diary of a young man who has been through the juvenile correctional system and is now making his way back into the free world, dealing with jobs, school, relationships and temptations.
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A video diary of a young man who has been through the juvenile and adult correctional systems and is now making his way back into the free world, dealing with jobs, school, family, and temptations.
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A video diary of a young man who has been through the juvenile and adult correctional systems and is now making his way back into the free world, dealing with jobs, school, friends, and temptations.
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